- to move restively sidewise or backward instead of forward, as an animal in harness; balk.
- to balk at doing something; defer action; procrastinate.
- a horse or other animal that jibs.
Origin of jib3
Examples from the Web for jibber
Equally bad is the horse with no mouth at all, for he is often a rearer or a jibber.Riding and Driving for Women
One of them was riding a ‘jibber,’ and in order to get the animal along had tied it to that of his comrade.South Africa and the Transvaal War, vol. 7
Yes, I shall sit on your shoulder at night and jibber into your ear so that you cannot sleep, until you die.Allan and the Holy Flower
H. Rider Haggard
- nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
- cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
- the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
- the face or nose
- (often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
- (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
- nautical variant of gybe
- the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered
- (often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs
Word Origin and History for jibber
"foresail of a ship," 1660s, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead [Barnhart, OED]. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1690s), from Dutch gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of (one's) jib "personal appearance" (1821).
Idioms and Phrases with jibber
see cut of one's jib